More than 2,000 participants took part in Deputy Governor Franz Manderson annual 5K Challenge on Sunday.

Led by Mr. Manderson, the challenge raised money for charities Meals on Wheels, Feed our Future, and the Kiwanis’ Buy-a-Kid-Breakfast program.

“We had an absolutely tremendous turnout today,” Mr. Manderson said in a press release. “It was fantastic to see so many people from across the community come along and support these great charities. I thank each and every person who supported the event to help make it such a success.”

The overall fastest male runner was Victor Magalhaes, with a time of 17 minutes, 52.2 seconds. The overall fastest female runner was Tiffany Cole, with a time of 19:35.9.

Participants walked and ran the DG 5K, beginning and finishing at the Government Administration Building. Among the runners and walkers were Governor Anwar Choudhury and government ministers Roy McTaggart, Joey Hew and Dwayne Seymour.

The annual 5K brings together civil servants, private sector employees and members of the general public in a fitness and fundraising challenge – part of Mr. Manderson’s vision to have a healthier, more active and more socially engaged civil service, while benefiting charitable organizations and initiatives in the Cayman Islands

Organizers said the group trophy winners, along with the final fundraising total, would be announced at a later date.

Sunday’s run followed the DG’s 5K Challenge on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Those events raised funds for provision for meals at the Kirkconnell Community Care Centre in the Brac and a “grow box” for the school in Little Cayman.

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